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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: 4 Apr 2019 11:50:39 -0700
Subject: Re: Award Winning Notification

Re: Award Winning Notification

We are pleased to inform you of release of the EURO LOTTERY PROGRAM held on 19th of January 2019, Among the 126 participating international finalists playing 6000 full tickets in the fifth series, from a pool of $23,100,000.00 (Forty Six Million Two Hundred Thousand United states Dollars) in cash, your number 094-32780417-019 with serial number 010-06 drew the lucky numbers 50-23-91-17-86 which consequently won a prize in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of $5,016,000.00 USD (Five Million, Sixteen Thousand United States Dollars Only) in cash credited to a file Ref: BH/488000/19. BATCH: 07/09/050/HG.

The deadline for this notice is on the 12th of June 2019. Non-compliance within this period may result in disqualification and insured prizes will be returned to the National lottery control as unclaimed. Due to mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated account, as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted advantage of this program by participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25.000 names and email id from North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Middle East, Africa and Asia as part of our international Promotions Program.

We hope your lucky name and email id will draw a bigger cash prize in subsequent programs. To begin your claim, please contact the Finance Firm of Euro Web Lottery International for handling and payment procedures.

Contact Person: Mr. Douglas Nord
Phone: +1 855 878 4088

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every of your correspondence with your agent Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations from all the staff of the Euro millions lottery International.

Best Wishes,
Rev. Carl Bright
Online Co-ordinator

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